Eugene R. Declercq, PhD

Professor, Community Health Sciences
Eugene Declercq
Crosstown Center – CT430
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Gene Declercq combines formal training in political science with almost twenty years of experience as a certified childbirth educator to examine policy and practice related to childbirth in the US and abroad. His recent work in examining cesarean sections in the US and overseas has focused on maternal and infant morbidity associated with low risk cesareans and with repeat cesareans as well as the programmatic and policy influences on practices related to childbirth practices. This research has been supported as part of his work as a Robert Wood Johnson-funded Health Policy Investigator and by grants from the Maternal and Child Health Bureau. He has served as lead author of two national studies of women's experiences in childbirth entitled Listening to Mothers. He was a technical advisor to the film documentary, The Business of Being Born and has been one of the organizers of a project that has developed a 30 minute version of that documentary that, along with support materials he developed with students, can be used in college classrooms. He was also a producer and presenter of "Birth by the Numbers," a 20 minute video that examines outcomes associated with current US birth practices. He is principal investigator on two NIH funded collaborative projects examining child and maternal outcomes associated with Assisted Reproductive Technologies (MOSART project) and is one of the founders of the Pregnancy to Early Life Longitudinal (PELL) data system that links vital statistics, hospital, and administrative data on almost 900,000 births in Massachusetts since 1998. He's also been active in a variety of public health projects in his hometown of Lawrence, Massachusetts, including a current effort to develop a free volunteer based clinic to serve those without access to care. As an educator, he is a past president of the Association of Teachers of Maternal and Child Health and has been a recipient of the Norman Scotch Award for outstanding teaching at BUSPH. He is currently the BUSPH Assistant Dean for DrPH Education and serves as chair of the DrPH Subcommittee of the Association of Schools of Public Health.

Other Positions

  • Assistant Dean of Doctoral Education, DrPH Program, Boston University School of Public Health
  • Professor, Obstetrics & Gynecology, Boston University School of Medicine


  • Florida State University - Miami, PhD
  • Florida State University - Miami, MS
  • University of Massachusetts at Amherst, MBA
  • University of Massachusetts at Lowell, BS

Classes Taught

  • SPHMC763
  • SPHMC931
  • SPHPH851
  • SPHPH853
  • SPHPH866
  • SPHPH866
  • SPHPH986
  • SPHPH990
  • SPHPH990


  • Published on 7/7/2017

    Plough AC, Galvin G, Li Z, Lipsitz SR, Alidina S, Henrich NJ, Hirschhorn LR, Berry WR, Gawande AA, Peter D, McDonald R, Caldwell DL, Muri JH, Bingham D, Caughey AB, Declercq ER, Shah NT. Relationship Between Labor and Delivery Unit Management Practices and Maternal Outcomes. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Jul 07. PMID: 28697107.

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  • Published on 6/21/2017

    Liberman RF, Getz KD, Heinke D, Luke B, Stern JE, Declercq ER, Chen X, Lin AE, Anderka M. Assisted Reproductive Technology and Birth Defects: Effects of Subfertility and Multiple Births. Birth Defects Res. 2017 Jun 21. PMID: 28635008.

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  • Published on 5/1/2017

    MacDorman MF, Declercq E, Thoma ME. Trends in Maternal Mortality by Sociodemographic Characteristics and Cause of Death in 27 States and the District of Columbia. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 May; 129(5):811-818. PMID: 28383383.

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  • Published on 3/1/2017

    Declercq E, Cheng E. Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence. A Profile of Birth Center Use in the US and the Potential Demand for Birth Center Use in the Future.Cole M, and Avery M. Freestanding Birth Centers: Innovation, Evidence, Optimal Outcomes. 2017.

  • Published on 2/1/2017

    Declercq E, Stotland N. UpToDate. Out-of-Hospital Birth. Waltham, MA. 2017.

  • Published on 1/1/2017

    MacDorman MF, Declercq E. In Reply. Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Jan; 129(1):207. PMID: 28002296.

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  • Published on 12/21/2016

    Declercq E. Understanding the U.S. Maternal Mortality Problem. 2016.

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  • Published on 12/14/2016

    Sherman BR, Hoen R, Lee JM, Declercq ER. Doctor of Public Health Education and Training. Public Health Rep. 2017 Jan/Feb; 132(1):115-120. PMID: 28005488.

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  • Published on 11/24/2016

    Declercq E, Cabral H, Ecker J. The plateauing of cesarean rates in industrialized countries. Am J Obstet Gynecol. 2017 Mar; 216(3):322-323. PMID: 27890649.

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  • Published on 9/20/2016

    Kennedy HP, Yoshida S, Costello A, Declercq E, Dias MA, Duff E, Gherissi A, Kaufman K, McConville F, McFadden A, Michel-Schuldt M, Moyo NT, Schuiling K, Speciale AM, Renfrew MJ. Asking different questions: research priorities to improve the quality of care for every woman, every child. Lancet Glob Health. 2016 Nov; 4(11):e777-e779. PMID: 27663682.

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